Tom Curtis

Stories

The Old Man and the Secret

Thirty years ago, people couldnt believe it: The old man’s elixir boosted crops, ate up sewage, and made the desert bloom. Today half a dozen Texas companies claim the elixir does all that and a whole lot more.

Jeff Reynolds, Zillionaire

The mysterious Texan who tried to take over Austrailia’s mighty Bond Corporation last January look good on paper-but paper was about all he had.

On the Defensive

Jim Wright’s attorney Steve Susman is living proof that clients may lose, but lawyers don’t.

Poisoned By Their Own Home

When the St. Johns returned to their house after having it sprayed for bugs, they discovered why those friendly pest-control people are called exterminators.

How Houston Beat the Bust: Branching Out

An entrepreneur captures customers in public rest rooms. A high-tech plant moves from oil to medicine. Space and biomedical manufacturing are finally off the drawing boards. And a former union boss becomes a bingo mogul.

How Houston Beat the Bust: Real Estate

The resurrection of a former “see-through” office building. How a land developer diversified—into jaguars. And secrets of the “vultures” who buy up, fix up, and fill up troubled Houston apartments.

How Houston Beat the Bust (Sort Of)

Don’t break out the champagne yet. Sure, things are better, but there’s still a long way to go. And the main reason for the recovery is the market—Houston is a bargain.

How Houston Beat the Bust: Energy

Engineer Saba Haregot’s love affair with Houston (it’s not just all those job offers). How natural gas is helping to reinflate the economy. And a shuttered plant that tempers oil pipe opens up.

Lifestyles of The Rich and Bankrupt

Going broke is for poor people. Here’s a whole chapter of Texans who have found ways to clear the books without losing their ranches, Rolls, or Rolexes.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

In 1980 a white girl was raped and murdered at Conroe High School, and the police quickly arrested a black janitorial supervisor. Now it looks as if the case wasn’t so open and shut after all.

The Throwdown

Houston police said they shot Randy Webster because he pointed a gun at them. Randy’s father set out to prove they were lying.

The Throwdown

Houston police said they shot Randy Webster because he pointed a gun at them. Randy’s father set out to prove they were lying.

Danger: Men Working

In a dirty little factory, workers made an insecticide that poisoned them and then almost got us all.

Support Your Local Police

If you ever go to Houston, you’d better walk right. You’d better not gamble, and you’d better not fight.

Will Success Spoil Leonel Castillo?

This politician controls the purse strings of the richest city in Texas. And he’s ready for bigger things.